It's Little Rabbit's first day at school. He decides his favourite toy, Charlie Horse, wants to start school too, so they set off together. Before they've even got to school, Charlie Horse has made Little Rabbit eat his whole packed lunch and then proceeds to create mischief all day - galloping when he should be listening and jumping in the cake mix. Little Rabbit gets very upset when Charlie Horse leads him away from his new friends on a nature walk and they find themselves all alone in the wood ... But Little Rabbit's teacher and friends find them and Little Rabbit goes home happy, looking forward to his next day at school - having decided Charlie Horse isn't ready to start school and can stay at home!
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Harry Horse has written and illustrated several children's books - including The Last Polar Bears and The Last Gold Diggers, winner of a Smarties Prize. In 2003 he won the Scottish Arts Council Children's Book Award for Little Rabbit Lost. He is also well-known as a political cartoonist - for the New Yorker, the Guardian, Scotland on Sunday and The Scotsman. Harry lives in Shetland with his wife Mandy, cat, Steve and dog, Roo, the star of many of his books.From Publishers Weekly:
The beguiling bunny introduced in Little Rabbit Lost here heads to the schoolhouse, leaping out of bed on the first day of class with abundant enthusiasm: " 'Now we are big,' said Little Rabbit proudly. 'We are going to school.' " He insists on bringing his special toy, Charlie Horse, whom he has gussied up with a red ribbon, and bounds off to the schoolhouse through a charmingly imagined forest of giant trees, thistles and mushrooms. But Charlie Horse soon shows a penchant for mischief, interrupting storytime by galloping across the teacher's shoes and diving into a bowl of cake batter. At recess, Little Rabbit won't share him with the other kids ("Charlie Horse does not want to play with you"). The author lets young readers decide whether Charlie Horse is the naughty one or if Little Rabbit is pulling the strings, acting out in response to a scary new situation (though he offers a sly hint with "Miss Morag let Charlie Horse rest on her desk while Little Rabbit painted a picture"). Whoever the culprit, youngsters just starting school will find Little Rabbit's ups and downs highly familiar as he navigates a rocky first day, perpetually in motion, adorable in his trademark ear-shaped cap and red raincoat. In the end, Little Rabbit triumphs over the day's dramas and decides Charlie Horse should stay at home—a decision that children will relate to as they, too, begin to discover the delights of independence. Ages 2-6.
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